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Lorely Burt: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many companies which have received support from UK Trade and Investment in each of the last four years can be classified as involved in (a) low carbon technologies and (b) advanced engineering. 
(a) The UK Low Carbon International Marketing Strategy, being developed by UK Trade and Investment in partnership with business, aims to help companies with low carbon solutions across the whole economy to make the most of overseas opportunities. Reporting of such support is being set up as part of the roll-out of the strategy across UKTI this year.
(b) UKTI's Advanced Engineering Sector team came into being in April 2007 as a result of bringing together UKTI support, on trade as opposed to investment services, for the aerospace, automotive and engineering sectors. In the two years since then, UKTI helped 920 companies in 2007/08 and 1,133 companies in 2008/09.
Sandra Gidley: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of people aged 16 to 24 years old were not in education, employment or training in each local authority area in the South East in each of the last 12 quarters for which figures are available. 
Kevin Brennan: Table 1 shows the number and percentage of people aged 16 to 24 not in education, employment or training in local education areas (LEA) in the south-east in 2006 to 2008. These estimates are from the Annual Population Survey.
Due to small sample sizes, estimates cannot be provided small areas on a quarterly basis or for areas smaller than LEAs. Please note that these estimates are subject to large sampling variability and should therefore be treated with caution and viewed in conjunction with their Confidence Intervals (CIs), which indicate how accurate an estimate is. For example, a CI of+/-4.6 percentage points (pp) means that the sampling variability ranges from 4.6pp above the estimate and 4.6pp below the estimate. Confidence Intervals for table 1 have been provided as follows.
|Table 1: Numbers and percentages of people aged 16 to 24 not in employment, education or training|
|Number||Proportion of all 16 to 24-year-olds||Confidence intervals (CI) in percentage points (+/-)|
|(1) Numbers are unavailable. Note: Age used is the respondents' academic age, which is their age at the preceding 31 August.|
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the timetable is for the national roll-out of skills accounts; and if he will make a statement. 
Kevin Brennan: Skills accounts are being trialled, as planned, in the south east, east midlands, west midlands, south west and Yorkshire and the Humber regions of England. The purpose of the trials is to test the effectiveness of skills accounts as a means of engaging and motivating adults to take up training. These national trials will be extended to cover all of England by January 2010.
Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding support under the (a) Train to Gain and (b) Skills for Life programme (i) was provided in 2008-09 and (ii) is to be provided in 2009-10 to each receiving college in the West Midlands. 
Kevin Brennan: The national spend on Train to Gain for 2008-09 and Skills for Life for 2007-08, I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave on 15 October 2009, Official Report, column 1049W, to my hon. Friend the Member for Newcastle upon Tyne, Central (Jim Cousins).
We do not hold information on LSC spend by region centrally. I have asked the chief executive of the LSC to write to you giving details of the funding provided to each college in the west midlands with a copy being placed in the House.
Kevin Brennan: Due to an administrative error, question 262066 was not answered by the former Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills despite a draft reply being approved by Ministers. The question has now been answered. I apologise for this error.
However, the Learning and Skills Council's then chief executive, Mark Haysom, did write in response to question 262066 on 23 March 2009. A copy of the letter was placed in the House Library on the 31 March 2009.
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